NEXT DATE: Sat 15 February 2020
VENUE: Todmorden Community Resource Centre, Lever Street, Todmorden, OL14 5QE
Emma’s Writing Project Days run 4 times a year in Todmorden. The focus is a specific writing project you have in mind whether a new idea, in the early stages or already underway. It is a positive time to focus on your project with the support of Emma and others. There is review and feedback on your work, useful exercises, writing time and some one-to-one time with Emma. We look at what you have achieved to date, what your goals are, and what you want or need to do next. We look at things like structuring, planning and editing but each day is tailored to the needs of those attending. Get helpful feedback, fresh ideas and most of all motivation and a plan to take it forwards. Previous participants have gone on to publication.
Writing Project Days are for anyone who has a writing project in hand, at any stage. This could be a novel, creative non-fiction, memoir, a collection of poems, play or screenplay. Any writing form is welcome. Contact Emma if you are unsure.
The day follows a simple format. In the morning there is time for sharing your work and feedback from Emma and the group. After lunch there are some writing ideas and an exercise to do. The rest of the afternoon is devoted to writing time, plus some one-to-one time for everyone. We finish the day setting goals for going forward.
The group is no bigger than 8, a mixture of those who have attended the Day before and new people. It is always a friendly and supportive group, at all levels of writing experience.
PREPARATION AND EXPECTATIONS
The day does not offer the capacity for projects to be read in full. Everyone submits a 500 word/one page Project Summary beforehand. (See download below or email Emma for a Word version.) The Project Summary gives Emma key information about your project and it is a helpful exercise in itself for you – to think about your project in a concise way, where you want to go with it and where you might be stuck. The Project Summaries are shared with the group a few days beforehand. You are expected to read these – and revisit your own project – beforehand to prepare. You will have 15 minutes to talk about your project and get feedback in the morning, so it is useful to think about that too – 15 minutes isn’t long! – to get the most out of it.
The day is hard work but inspiring!
‘The workshops have dramatically improved my progress and motivation.’
‘I really like the way these sessions are enabling without imposing particular processes or views.
‘Having to explain my chaotic bits of work to others gave me better focus and clarity!’‘
‘A really welcome opportunity to assess where my project stands.’
‘Very helpful one-to-one session to identify specific areas for focus.’
‘One-to-one time was useful, left me feeling clearer and more motivated.’
‘It was invaluable to have feedback on the main issues that were slowing me down and the motivation to carry on and make progress.’
‘I feel so much more encouraged and confident about what I’m doing.’
VENUE & FACILITIES
Todmorden Community Resource Centre, Lever Street, Todmorden, OL14 5QE
Todmorden Community Resource Centre is a small accessible venue in the centre of Todmorden near the canal, a car park and the main road for bus services. The train station is 10 minutes walk away. Todmorden is 40 minutes from Manchester and 1 hour from Leeds by train. The venue is all on ground level with wheelchair access and accessible toilet. There are regular breaks and a range of teas, coffee and biscuits are provided. Lunch is not included. There are plenty of shops and cafes nearby and you can bring your own lunch. The kitchen has a kettle, fridge and microwave.
UP-COMING DATES & TIMES
Sat 30 May 2020
Sat 12 Sept 2020
Sat 21 Nov 2020
The Day costs £45, which is at the low end of the going rate for creative courses of this nature. It includes the Day itself, exercises and handouts, drinks and refreshments and follow-up contact about your goals and further useful information arising from the day. You will also be invited to stay connected with people you’ve met on the same creative pathway and get on-going support.
Writing Project Days run several times a year. Come to one for a kickstart or more for regular support.
Deposits and payments are non-refundable. If for any reason a course is cancelled you will be refunded in full.
To book please complete a Booking Form, PDF download below or email Emma for a Word version. Complete and return to Emma with a deposit of £25. Details of how to make a payment are on the Booking Form.
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